Mark Levine: I Didn't Know What Time It Was


I Didn't Know What Time It Was


Mark Levine (piano)


One Notch Up (Heavy Wood 7890)

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Mark Levine (piano), John Wiitala (bass), Eddie Marshall (drums).

Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart


Recorded: Emeryville, California, April 30 & May 1, 1997


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

In recent years, Mark Levine has gained increasing renown as a jazz educator. His jazz piano method book is one of the most widely used works of its kind. But his success in teaching should not distract attention from Levine's skills as a performing pianist. This 1997 recording showcases Levine's talent in a solid trio setting. I especially like his harmonic sense, which invariably works some interesting reconfigurations of the old standards he tackles. But this track is also noteworthy for the pianist's percussive sense, which seems to take inspiration from the presence of Eddie Marshall. Wiitala is also featured in a fine solo.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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